10th Annual B’Yachad Gift Bag Program Adapts to COVID

In keeping with our tradition, JFS will be leading the B’Yachad Gift Bag program again this year. B’Yachad is our community’s opportunity to contribute to gift bags for people who are experiencing increased levels of isolation and loneliness. They need to know that we care and are thinking about them during the holiday season. We […]

Volunteers Needed for Passover for All

JFS is recruiting volunteers to help with the annual community outreach effort Passover for All. In partnership with the JCC, kosher-for-Passover food and supplies are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday. Volunteer to assemble supplies on Tuesday, March 24 beginning at 7:00PM at JFS. Keshet Berlinsky Edry, the Shlicha (Israeli emissary) from St. […]

JFS and Sholom Partner to Enrich the Lives of Elders and the Greater Community

JFS is partnering with Sholom to bring the benefits of gardening to Sholom residents as we volunteer together to share the bounty of the season with a worthy organization in the greater community, Open Arms of Minnesota. We’re seeking 15-20 friends to support residents by volunteering to harvest and package garden produce on Thursday, September […]

Making an Impact – Making an Impact Improves Quality of Life

In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. The JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist received a call […]

More Americans than Ever Before are Volunteering

According to a CNN article, the latest statistics released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) indicate the US is riding a wave of generosity driven by millions of people who freely offer their time, labor, and expertise. Read the full report here. It comes as no surprise to JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon […]

Register Now for New Volunteer Opportunity

The St. Paul Mitzvah Corp is a new volunteer opportunity that allows volunteers to participate in unique, impactful activities that serve JFS clients, the Jewish community, and partner agencies throughout the metro area. To kick off this collaboration, The Corp is partnering with Sholom and Open Arms Minnesota to begin the growing process this spring. […]

We’d Like to Introduce Rena Federova

We’d like to introduce Rena Federova, JFS volunteer and leader of a new grant-funded program. About nine months ago, Rena came to JFS seeking a volunteer opportunity. She wanted to put her family background and education to use. Rena is a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in political science and minoring in Jewish […]

Support Passover For All

Passover, the major Jewish spring festival, commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. One of the most popular Jewish rituals are Seders – at home, in community centers, with family, and with others. The Seder is intended to be a personal experience. It should not, however, be a private one. At Jewish Family Service […]

Another Successful B’Yachad Gift Program

All of the B’yachad wrap-up activities have been completed. The few remaining supplies have been distributed to other organizations serving the needy; all data entry done; debriefing B’Yachad committee chairs; and saying thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s program so successful. This thank you note recently arrived at JFS. “Once again I’m […]